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Hendriks has plenty of control

by Amy Moritz

With all the (rightful) talk about Buffalo Bisons starting pitcher Marcus Stroman let's not forget Liam Hendriks.

The righty is 3-0 with a 1.25 earned run average and gets the start for the Herd tonight as they open a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520).

No pitcher in affiliated baseball has thrown more innings in 2014 without a walk then Hendriks. In 21 2/3 innings pitched he has yet to issue a free pass. He has 21 strikeouts and had given up four runs (three earned) on 14 hits over that span.

Kevin Pillar is still working his hitting streak which has stretched to 12 games -- tied for the second longest in the International League. Since April 17 he has averaged .391 with six doubles, seven runs batted in and nine runs scored.

Pillar is batting third tonight. The complete Bisons' lineup:

Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Jared Goedert -- DH
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Ryan Schimpf -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Erik Kratz -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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